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Friday, September 9, 2011

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
by J. I. Packer
Product Details

Paperback: 135
Publisher: IVP

Point: God’s sovereignty and evangelism are friends which go hand in hand.
Path:  Packer walks through the basic understanding of Diving Sovereignty, then matches it with Human Responsibility and finally Evangelism.
Sources: Packer uses a broad range of Scripture references and also Puritan authors.
Agreement: He does an excellent job at showing how we need not, nor must not, jettison either God’s sovereignty or man’s responsibility. No matter what label one attaches to his system of theological beliefs, the Scriptures speak for themselves.
Personal App: I appreciated both the readability and depth of this short volume. It was a refreshing and stimulating read. In summarizing his point that God’s sovereignty enables our evangelistic actions, Packer makes several pointed applications. This truth should make us 1) Bold; 2) Patient; 3) Prayerful. I was challenged specifically in these three areas.
Stars: 5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would highly recommend it.

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